“The small architecture Mini PC is nothing particularly new, but what intrigues me is the fever pitch it is creating among Mac fans. Windows based Small PCs have been around for a while without much success. Steve Jobs cannot be accused of introducing small architecture PCs, and that’s for sure,” The Inquirer writes in a piece attributed to “The Inquirer Staff.”
“For example, Stealth Computers has Pentium 4, Pentium III and fanless models to boot. While they are more expensive than the Apple Mac Mini, you do get what you pay. For example, the Mac Mini has a 4200 RPM 40GB notebook hard drive, while the Stealth has 3.5-inch hard drives, although you can get it with 2.5- inch drives if you so desire. The Mac Mini has a 1.25GHz or a 1.42GHz CPU while a Stealth can be configured up to a 3.2GHz Pentium 4 capable of hyperthreading. The Mini has one memory slot while the Stealth has two,” The Inquirer writes.
The Inquirer writes, “But the real question is how can the Mac Mini sell in large volumes if people have to buy keyboard, mouse, monitor and speakers, and be stuck with a 4X burner on DVDs without a real upgrade path? In the ever changing PC Hardware world I believe that having a way to upgrade without having to buy a new PC makes for an easy choice.”
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MacDailyNews Take: If you totally ignore the Mac mini’s rock-solid operating system, Mac OS X, which lacks viruses and malware as well as the mini’s unmatched included software, any comparison with a Wintel PC is worthless. Sadly, that’s what this article does. If you want to read real reviews of Apple’s new Mac mini that show understanding of the entire package, try “Tools Of The Trade: The Apple Mac Mini,” Stephen Pritchard’s piece for The Independent or Stephen H. Wildstrom’s “And For Steve Jobs’s Next Trick… The Mac Mini offers flexibility and style at just $499,” for BusinessWeek. Both of these articles are worth the read, unlike The Inquirer’s.